This is a easy way to fix a zipper without replace it. Is really fast too.
It work when the zipper pull can't close the zipper together anymore.
I don't really like to replace zipper because they always come out a little bit wavy when I do.

You can save a jacket, a tent, a sleeping bag and many other item.


Picture of WHAT YOU NEED

You need only some pliers.
If the zipper pull is really destroy or is made in plastic you need a NEW ONE OF THE SAME SIZE.
I FOUND MINE IN ANOTHER OLD JACKET. Or you can buy one online for really cheap.

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Works. I always try to fix it this way.

iman.shudan6 months ago

thanks a lot!

marcellahella (author)  iman.shudan4 months ago

You are welcome!

river.malcolm6 months ago

Wow. I didn't take the slider off and I couldn't see much distortion. I just squeezed both sides with the needle nose pliers and my jacket was fixed. Thank you very much, both the original post with the great photos, and the helpful comments much appreciated.

marcellahella (author)  river.malcolm4 months ago

You are welcome!

robyn.rae.5094 months ago

i wish i had seen this along time ago...thank you

marcellahella (author)  robyn.rae.5094 months ago

You are welcome! Anyways…"meglio tardi che mai" we say in italian (better late than never)!

Just fixed my old surfboard cover. This is the kind of thinking humanity and the earth needs. Awesome. You have saved hundreds if not thousands of items of clothes, sleeping bags, tents, surfboard covers, motorcycle boots, wetsuits and all manner of things from going to landfill - and that is reducing consumption of new items, thus reducing pollution, water use and carbon emmissions from producing new items. Good job.

My zipper only separates a bit ways up the zipper. Pliers don't seem to work. Help!

marcellahella (author)  travis.hickey.9677 months ago

You can buy a new one, that open and close, online, for kinda cheap...

jorgecalvocr7 months ago
Thank you soooo much!! I was about to go spend $55-$75 at a shoe repair shop which in Arizona seems to be the only place that can replace leather jacket zippers.
steve.logie.17 months ago

Fantastic! worked great thanks so much

NancyB57 months ago

Thank you. It worked like a charm and now the sleeping bag is happily curled up in its home.

Joy678 months ago
Its just brilliant and excellent
blong1638 months ago

Thank you, saved a jacket with a broken pull with one from an old bag zip. easily to follow guide saved a good bit of money too.

marcellahella (author)  blong1638 months ago

That's cool! I'm so happy I saved many clothes now!

CorwinM9 months ago

If this gets the mummy bag I just found discarded outside a laundromat last night fixed I'm going to find a way to buy you a drink. I don't just camp in sleeping bags, I live in them.

estoqhop9 months ago

Thank you thank you thank you!! So simple! I didn't even have to take off the teeth--I signed up here just to appreciate you!!!

ECheeze9 months ago

Done, on a school bag. Thanks so much!

rayc110 months ago

I'll have to try this on my biker jacket~ Thanks

guinand10 months ago

Yes this really works Thanks for the idea

smorse112 months ago

OMG, this really works. Based on one of the commnets - I didn't even take the zipper slide off - as it was a tent door zipper. I just squeezed the slide together and it works! Bravo for posting this.

Worked perfect on my old riding jacket! I'm so glad I can wear it again!!!

morlin1 year ago

Awesome! The pictures really make this 'able. We didn't even need to remove the slider -- we just used pliers to reshape it and viola! Zipper success. Love that idea of removing just a tooth making this a no-sew approach.

Thanks for this and congrats on the 1st place win.

tuesday631 year ago

It takes a lot to impress me but I have to say...


Well done and thankyou for sharing.

svirden1 year ago
Wow fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing this trick! I fixed a broken jacket after it sat for years in a closet, and your instructions are fabulous.

For others: When I removed the pull, nothing looked wrong or uneven. But since I had nothing to lose, I compressed both sides really well with pliers, reducing the gap that was there. It worked! We've zipped and unzipped 3-4 times and no more problem.

I will have to find a replacement for the tooth, though, because even though the pull is metal the little tooth was made of plastic. For now we know just not to zip all the way closed. THANK YOU!

instead of replacing the metal tooth with another metal tooth, just use a needle and a length of cotton and sew in and out around the edge, placing one stitch right on top of the other. this creates a barrier so the zip won't come off. this method can also be used when you need to shorten a zipper...cut off the excess at the bottom and stitch around and around to create a thick stitch to prevent the zipper pull from moving past that point.

marcellahella (author)  svirden1 year ago

You are welcome! I'm happy it was useful!

If you don't have a replacement tooth you can instead sew to the jacket many little loop until you make a little ball, where the tooth was supposed to be.

Or may be use that tiny tooth that keep the tip of the socks together when you just buy them...

pgrundy11 year ago
This works sweet Thanks. I've tried loads of other tutorials used soap, pencil, gripped the zipper with plyers non worked. This worked really well followed the instructions and Zzzzziiiiippppp! It zipped straight up :)
sadisada1 year ago

very good post save money and less garbage thanks

rchanter1 year ago
sarawelder2 years ago
good post and photos
varenikje2 years ago
I will have to look back on this when I have a zipper to fix. Looks good!
Domoreto2 years ago
IT works. Good instructions.
It is very obvious.
The photo of fixing the zipper pull with the pliers is very good.
marcellahella (author)  abdelghany ebied2 years ago
Great instructable!
Been having zipper issues recently with the kids clothing, now I know how to fix them.

Regards, Martin.
marcellahella (author)  martincoetzee2 years ago
Thanks! I m really happy people are writing me that!!
fabulous and useful - brilliant - thank you!
marcellahella (author)  shzwilliamson2 years ago
You are welcome!
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